Genital herpes, though, isn’t curable, is thought of as a disease only the promiscuous and cheating-types get, and is a popular joke topic.Despite the fact that herpes has been around since the time of the Ancient Greeks, according to Stanford University, the widespread stigma seems to be just decades old.Symptoms may include a fever, headache, and muscle aches for a few weeks.
She’s come to peace with her genital herpes, which she was diagnosed with three years ago, after feeling shame about it.
Sometimes the jokes directly suggest people with genital herpes are whores or cheaters or they indirectly make the connection, such as the classic line, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
Except for herpes.” The prevalence of these jokes can keep people with genital herpes from opening up.
A genital herpes outbreak during the third trimester of pregnancy and during delivery may be deadly for the baby if he or she contracts it from the mother (neonatal herpes, it’s called), but it’s incredibly rare (one per 3,000 to 20,000 live births) and preventable with medication and a C-section, according to an article published in .
Genital herpes is contracted during sexual contact, usually spread through fluids on the genitals or mouth.